Understanding the San Jiao in the Classics
What you will learn
- Develop a better and clearer understanding of the San Jiao, its three levels and their specific functions.
- Understand the relationship of the San Jiao with the Heart and Heart protector.
- Develop an accurate clinical approach to the San Jiao.
The San Jiao is a special organ, often difficult to apprehend. The Chinese vision is multiple and complex. This lecture exposes the various approaches found in the classical medical texts and shows how they are different, but not exclusive from one another. It also explains why an organ such as the San Jiao was a rational necessity for the representation of the body and the comprehension of its functioning.
The goal is to help the practitioner to understand more clearly the San Jiao and apprehend it in an easier and more practical way.
Through classical medical texts, specially Neijing and Nanjing, we will study the relationships of the San Jiao with the Heart and the Heart protections (xin bao), with Mingmen and the Kidneys, with the Fire (as one expression of the ministerial fire) and the Water. We will examine its function toward the Pre-Heaven (the origin, the source yuan 原 qi) and Post- Heaven Qi, and toward the metabolism and circulation of the fluids and liquids in the body.
Each of the three levels of the San Jiao will be analysed in their specific functions as well as their evolution over time.
Then we will show how the San Jiao is finally used to represent the global synergy of the organism, linked with the symbolic value of the number Three. We will briefly look at the relationships of the San Jiao with the Shaoyang quality of Qi and their expression in the Shaoyang of hand meridian.
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Such a treat to listen to Elisabeth.
Finally a lucid and thorough explanation of the functions of the Triple Heater and why it is what it is. Such a treat to listen to Elisabeth. Thank you so much for hosting this course!!!
Incredible class. Elizabeth definitely understands what she was teaching us. Made a difficult topic to grasp (the San Jiao as additional fu organ) much more understandable. I appreciated first learning the background of the Chinese character of San Jiao. The handout was great. A real help was numbering the various passages from the Classical Texts discussed during the class for ease of finding the relevant passages quickly. I especially enjoyed seeing how the various Classical Text passages tied one to another, elaborating on the concepts such as the surface of the skin (cou li), the canal, and the connection to the Kidneys, Stomach and Spleen, and the Lungs. The class was absolutely brilliant. I’m very glad I took the class.
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